Top travel Tips to Survive the Long Flight to Scandinavia

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Traveling is one of the most popular activities of people all over the world. To get anywhere, from Chicago to Los Angeles or from Paris to Berlin, a few hours of flying are often required. However, if you are planning to visit Norway or Finland in this summer, that might take long-haul flights on the sky, which can be very stressful for your body and mind. Even if you got an amazing deal from hotels.com (the UK version), embarking on the 10-14 hour flight can be an arduous experience for anyone.

However, a careful plan and preparation can make these trips less than agreeable. Below are top travel tips to survive the long flight to Scandinavia.

1. Get your body well-prepared.

The days before a long-haul flight, you should spend some time stretching or walking at the gym to prepare for having a sitting position in nearly 12 hours. Make …

Best Hotels in Sweden – Plus a Hotels.com Coupon Code!

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A Hotels.com Coupon Code For Swedish Hotels:

Even though Swedish hotels will cost more than your average European stay, you can use coupon codes from Hotels.com to save around 40% off the regular price. You can also use the currency converter located in the sidebar to figure out the true cost of Swedish hotel stays in your local currency. If you plan on renting a car while there (you don’t need to, the public transportation system is excellent) you can usually find the best rates at avis.com.

The Top Swedish Hotels Ranked.

Sweden is a land of many different faces that allows for a multitude of experiences: watching the northern lights and dogsledding in the Swedish Lapland to the north, alpine skiing in the mountains of central Sweden or feeling the cosmopolitan pulse of Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo in the south. The more outdoorsy experiences are everything but rugged: expect …

Log Cabin Holidays in Scotland

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The draw of major UK cities like London, Edinburgh and Belfast don’t appeal to everybody, and retreating to the countrysides of the United Kingdom has always been a classic traveling option for those seeking wholesome, nature-filled peace and quiet.

Nestled away in the fields and woods of Scotland are log cabins that epitomize the ambiance of a relaxing, secluded holiday. Whether you’re planning your next hiking or fishing trip, or are simply looking to escape the hustle-and-bustle of city life, renting and lodging in one of Scotland’s many log cabins may be the option for you.

What are log cabins all about?

There are different types of atmospheres a person can find when lodging in a Scottish log cabin. Lodgers have their choosing to stay in a log cabin that’s tucked away along the sea, in the woods, in remote Scottish villages, or up in the hills.  

Log cabins have …

Crystal Plaza Hotel: A Profile

An Historic Hotel on a Budget.

The Crystal Plaza is a clean and welcoming no-frills hotel with a great location right between Östermalm and Norrmalm in Birger Jarlsgatan. The area, better known as Stureplan, is Stockholm’s main shopping and nightlife hub where you’ll find some of the city’s best shops, restaurants, bars and clubs. It’s an upscale and exciting neighborhood and, although it doesn’t have many tourist attractions asides from shopping, clubs and dining, it’s a pleasant short walk away from Old Town, the Stockholm harbor, and the northernmost part of Södermalm.

Sites that currently have sales for the Crystal Plaza:

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Built for the Swedish YMCA in 1895, the structure that currently houses the Crystal Plaza was originally meant to serve as lodgings in the Stockholm city center for young male travelers belonging to the association. It was later turned into a hotel for the general public and …

Best Hotels in Oslo

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A person’s hotel preferences can vary from day to day. Sometimes you want the best hotel money can buy. Other times, you get the best you can with a Hotwire promo code and just hope you get something you can sleep on. But when you travel to Oslo, Norway, it’s worth paying extra just for the beautiful architecture.

Well on its way into becoming one of Europe’s major cultural hubs, Oslo is a world-class city that holds art and nature very dear in its heart. Here, artwork can be found everywhere, from ultra contemporary conceptual pieces tucked away in modern art galleries to the raw emotion of the human figures at Frogner Park, and forests, parks, hiking trails and waterfalls are never more than a short walk or drive away.

The Thief

Considering the large art collection housed within its walls, The Thief’s name may at first seem like a …

Best Hotels in Stockholm

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The Top Stockholm Hotels Ranked.

Stockholm is a city of impeccable taste. Nowhere else will you find fashion, art, food, music and architecture brought to such high levels and paired at the same time with the casual, modest and self-deprecating attitude that is the hallmark of Swedes. Here the old truly coexists with the new: ultra-modern interiors are housed in colorful and baroque historical buildings and the city embraces the latest and most forward ideas in art, technology and politics while staying true to its roots.

1. Nobis Hotel


Impossibly posh, sublimely beautiful and steeped in history, the Nobis occupies the building that formerly housed the bank where the term ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ was coined after a robbery and hostage crisis. It’s sleek and modern design and hushed glamour bestow the Nobis with an air of Grand Hotel of the 21st century. Swedish architectural firm Claeson Koivisto Rune took inspiration in …

Best Hotels in Helsinki

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We Rank The Top Helsinki Hotels.

The meteoric rise of the tech industry coupled with forward-thinking social policies have turned Finland into one of the world’s smartest and most advanced countries and Helsinki into one of Europe’s coolest capitals. Once a drab and grey place, Helsinki now stands at the cutting edge of technology, art and design while staying true to its historical identity. In a place whose cultural life revolves around the arts, expect your accommodations to showcase nothing but the best of contemporary Nordic design.

1. Klaus K


With a name and décor inspired by the epic of Kelavala, the Klaus K is one stylish lesson in Finnish folklore and culture. The story is alluded multiple times throughout the hotel’s design and décor, although it is used more as a jumping point than a literal motif. References are subtle and tasteful with the more obvious ones being saved …

Best Hotels in Denmark

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Our Top Picks For Hotels in Denmark.

Although not a well-known seaside holiday destination, Denmark is home to some of the best beaches in Europe with plenty of sandy stretches for you to lay your towel or chair in and soak up some serious rays. With a mostly flat landscape dominated by sandy beaches in the coasts and lush forests in the central areas and summers with more light and warmth than Sweden or Norway, the happiest country in the world is best seen on a sunny day from a bike.

1. Hotel Oasia


Black, white, clean and oh-so-Danish, the most important thing at the Oasia are actually the chairs. The hotel features creations by Danish, Swedish, German and Dutch designers and has ‘Design Rooms’ dedicated to each one. Everything is set against a monochrome background with plenty of light streaming through large windows in rooms and common spaces. When …

Best Hotels in Copenhagen

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We Rank The Best Hotels in Copenhagen

Copenhagen is the most fun of the three Scandinavian capitals: its culinary scene is world-famous, the nightlife is raucous and the city’s compact size ensures that you’re never more than a short bike ride away from anywhere. The city is laid-back and cool, not swanky and glamorous. Expect accommodations to be in small boutique hotels with warm and friendly service that is never formal or over-the-top.

1. Nimb Hotel


Streetside, the Nimb looks just like any other hotel with only an Islamic-style pattern in light grey over a white background hinting at what lies on the other side: an illuminated Moorish-style story-book castle overlooking Tivoli Gardens. This “gourmet palace” has been at the center of Copenhagen’s food scene for more than one hundred years and continues with that tradition today with six restaurants, one of which has received a Michelin star, showcasing some …

Best Hotels in Norway

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We Rank The Best Norwegian Hotels.

Communion with nature is an essential part of the Norwegian identity and with good reason: the country occupies one of the most spectacular, scenic and unspoiled pieces of land in the planet. People in Norway favor rustic accommodations in bucolic settings over luxurious retreats and it is very common for families to own cottages in the countryside or in the mountains. Most hotel accommodations Norway reflect these ideals and are oftentimes very simple with the most important luxury being not missing a single second of the show nature has put on outside. You’d expect nothing more from a nation that claims to be “Powered by nature”.

1. Juvet Landscape Hotel


Leave it to the Norwegians to figure out a way to be as close as possible to being outside even when they are indoors. At the Landscape Hotel, only a glass wall stands between …